It's amazing how, no matter how many times we board one of these Disney ships---every time is like the first time and every time I just about cry walking through the door!!
We were able to get on wel before the majority of the crowd because we got to the port early (and thank heavens, too, because they had major software problems with the check in shortly after we arrived that caused the check in process to be much slower than normal for Disney and so we were able to avoid that frustration). Once onboard we had some lunch at Parrot Cay (one of the restaurants for all you non-DCL folks) with Debbie and her mom Janette, Scott & Lynn (all DISBoard friends from previous trips) and another couple.
Then it was more time just spent exploring and enjoying the ship before we headed to our room (once it was ready), to change into our bathing suits and play in the pool for a bit before the lifeboat drill (we wanted to swim today because it's over 80 degrees and we're headed to colder climates so we have no guarantee that we will have other chances to swim!)
Here are a few more shots from around the ship:
|Jason on Deck 10 (top deck) with the port in the background and a cool bridge that spans the port area---not as cool as the golden gate bridge which we'll see in two days, though!|
|Jason standing next to the iconic "smoke stacks" of the Disney ships (note: they are fake---in fact this one is a night club for the teens inside!)|
|View of the LA port area from the other side of the ship.|
|View of the port building from the top of the boat. That Red sign down there is the welcome sign I had a picture of in our last post! :)|
|Me next to one of the other stacks.|